Towards Healing – Opening remarks by Archbishop Seán Brady

05 Feb 2008

Towards Healing

Reflection for Lent 2005 from the Irish Bishops’ Conference

Opening remarks by Archbishop Seán Brady

Opening remarks by Archbishop Seán Brady at the media launch of the
Irish Bishops’ Conference pastoral reflection: Towards Healing
8th February 2005

Good afternoon.

On behalf of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, represented here by Bishop Donal
Murray of Limerick, Mr Martin Long, our Director of Communications and myself,
may I welcome you to this media launch of our pastoral reflection for Lent:
Towards Healing.

Why are we here? We are here because tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning
of Lent. Lent is a time of reflection, a time when we set out to improve our
lives in the light of the Gospel. This makes it an appropriate time for the
Church to reflect on its journey of becoming more faithful to the Gospel in
its response to the issue of Child Sexual Abuse.

It is a journey which has changed us. It is a journey which we wish to share
with others in our society in order:
• to share our experiences;
• to share what we have learnt;
• to invite the support of others – within the Church and beyond –
in bringing healing to those who have been abuse.

Last month we agreed our new National guidelines on child protection. Maureen
Lynott, chair of the Working Group which drafted the guidelines suggested
publicly that they ‘place the Catholic Church [in Ireland] at the forefront
of best practice – nationally and internationally’. The current document is
intended to complement these guidelines by emphasising the commitment of
the Church to bring about healing and restoration to those who have been

+Sean Brady
Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland
and President of the Irish Bishops’ Conference​​​